Expat in a country that speaks the same language as you – Blessing or curse?

The netball game just finished. Olivia is in tears. Her team lost 10 to 0. Sandra, her mum, is fuming on the bench. ‘Why is the game so violent, the referee so biased, the girls from the … [Read more...]

Trailing Spouse: 12 Reasons You Weep And Laugh At The Same Time (And Why It Matters)

Moving abroad -- leaving everything behind -- feels like jumping into the void.  It’s both exhilarating and scary. You feel at the same time excited by the adventure and guilty for this … [Read more...]

How To Live With Uncertainty – Two Coping Strategies That Could Change Your Life

Living in uncertainty is not an expat privilege. Anyone may get a cold, be fired or lose a loved one tomorrow without notice. Life is unpredictable. But the expat existence, linked to high … [Read more...]

Three Good Reasons You Struggle With Living in Uncertainty

"We’ve now been living in this country for two years. My husband’s contract is officially finished in 6 months." Lisa is telling her story for the umpteenth time to Beth, a new mum whose son just … [Read more...]

2014 – A Year in Expatland

End of last year, I took you on a journey: the story of an expat family through a compilation of all the articles published on the blog. The suspense was at its peak: we left this family in … [Read more...]

How Being A Multipotentialite Can Help You Be More Successful As An Expat

I have a confession to make: I'm a multipotentialite. A what?? A multipotentialite. Or a scanner if you prefer. Your eyes are still inquisitive. I hear you. The term is not common. This … [Read more...]

To Have Or To Be – That Is The (Expat) Question

“We need to sell the house.”   The children looked at me in disbelief. Did they hear it right? “I don’t want to”, said the little one. Selling the house?! Our house? No way. I have to tell … [Read more...]

Expat: Can’t Keep Up? One Way To Take Care Of Yourself

Expats often don’t take care of themselves. It’s a shame because we need it most due to the emotional turmoil we’re going through when relocating abroad. A few weeks ago I talked about the 3 … [Read more...]

What Trailing Spouses Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi, Viktor Frankl and Tasmania

  “Trapped. Caught. Stuck”  This is what so many trailing spouses feel after some time living abroad... The situation is painful, I agree.   But bear with me. Let me help … [Read more...]

Busted: 3 Myths About Self-Care That Make Expats Gamble With Their Life

"Those who have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness" said Edward Stanley, a British statesman. But it’s not just exercise. It’s more. It’s what's called … [Read more...]